international horse racing

BC winner Perfect Shirl heads to Argentina for next start

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf upset winner Perfect Shirl is headed south for her next start.  Way south. Trainer Roger Attfield says the four-year-old daughter of Perfect Soul will go in the Group 1 Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini at San Isidro Racecourse near Buenos Aires, Argentina December 17. “She’s doing great, otherwise we wouldn’t […]

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Singapore jockey suspended two years for violating race rules

Singapore is known for its strict laws and punishments (i.e. caning for vandalism and a ban on chewing gum), and apparently, they don’t mess around with horse racing violations either.  This week, stewards in Singapore suspended a jockey for two years for not trying hard enough to obtain the best possible placing in a race.  […]

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Rival owner: My horse will beat Black Caviar

Maybe it’s not quite New York Jets coach Rex Ryan guaranteeing a Super Bowl, but the co-owner of one of Black Caviar’s rivals has gone public saying his horse will take down the undefeated mare when they meet again next year. Hay List has been thrashed by the Australian mare four times, finishing second on […]

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Dettori collects Hong Kong jockeys’ championship

International superstar Frankie Dettori thrilled Happy Valley race fans when taking out the 2011 Cathay Pacific International Jockeys’ Championship in emphatic style on Wednesday night in a gripping competition that went all the way to the wire.  Dettori’s success followed previous wins in the competition in 1999 and 2001 and tied his record with that […]

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France: 21-year-old apprentice jockey dies from racing spill injuries

A 21-year-old French apprentice jockey has died from injuries suffered in a spill over the weekend.  Benjamin Boutin fell during a race at Argentan in Normandy after he was accidentally blocked by a fellow rider: “He died on Monday, but after his fall he was already in a deep coma. (It was) irreversible,” French Jockeys […]

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Global Sprint Challenge adds race, tweaks structure

Officials have made a couple of changes to next year’s Global Sprint Challenge, which features sprint races from around the world.  The Dubai Golden Shaheen has been added to the lineup, giving it a 10th Group 1 event.  The bonus structure for the series will also require that a horse needs to win a Challenge […]

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Contentious international field on tap for Sunday’s Japan Cup

The 31st Japan Cup on Nov. 27 at Tokyo Racecourse looks set to be a race for the ages with the Dubai World Cup holder and the reigning Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe champion butting heads in a glamorous field of 18 including 11 Grade 1 winners. The richest race in Japan with the first-place […]

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US-based Mission Approved takes shot in Japan Cup

Mission Approved will be the only U.S. representative competing against an international field in Sunday’s Japan Cup in Tokyo.  The seven-year-old comes into the race off three consecutive defeats at the hands of Cape Blanco as he finished fourth, seventh and fourth respectively in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, the Arlington Million and the Man […]

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Nakatani to battle top international jockeys in Hong Kong

Corey Nakatani will represent the U.S. in an international battle of jockeys at Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong next month.  Nakatani, who had two victories at this year’s Breeders’ Cup, will face 11 competitors, including Johnny Murtagh from Ireland, Australia’s Luke Nolen, Britain’s Ryan Moore and Maxime Guyon from France. “The list of competitors […]

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